About Digital Bodies
Our research and consulting services focus on VR, AR, and Mixed Reality and their impact on Media, Education, and Society. Immersive experiences through virtual reality are the next revolution in technology, an era that will transform how we communicate, learn, understand the world and ourselves. Wearables and Smart Glasses will become an extension of our natural and creative selves as we venture into new frontiers of storytelling, entertainment, and learning. Join us as we explore how the human becomes digital and the digital becomes human.
Are you considering the use of Virtual Reality, Wearables or other innovative technologies in your organization? Please take a look at our consulting services and featured talks. We offer talks highlighting industry trends, conduct design thinking sessions, and provide experiential workshops for education, nonprofit and corporate clients.
Who we are
Maya Georgieva is an EdTech strategist, author, and speaker with more than 15 years of experience in higher education. Maya is the Director, Digital Learning at The New School, where she leads innovation in the design of technology-enhanced learning and VR, AR, and Mixed Reality initiatives. She works to engage the community and provide strategic leadership in creating an institutional culture and capacity for innovative design with emerging technologies. Maya works closely with the CIO, the Vice Provost for Curriculum and Learning, university academic groups and faculty in the design, development, management and evaluation of new digital learning initiatives across the five colleges Parsons School of Design, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, the College of Performing Arts, The New School for Social Research and the Schools of Public Engagement.
At the XReality Center, a new research center at The New School with the purpose to advance the study and design of emerging technologies in the field of virtual, augmented, and mixed realities, Maya leads in the areas of Immersive Learning and Research.
She is the co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Digital Bodies, a global consulting group focusing on the impact of immersive VR/AR/MR and wearable technologies on education and society. Her work focus on digital learning, innovation in education, immersive learning, and storytelling. She a member of the Expert Panel for the New Media Consortium Horizon Report for Higher Education and serves on a number of educational and corporate learning boards. In 2018 she spoke at the European Commission on Immersive Learning. Maya has been instrumental in developing partnerships within and outside of higher education with startups, corporate and non-government organizations. Maya speaks frequently at national and international forums on innovation and the future of education and consults startups in this space.
Previously she was the Associate Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning at the Stern School of Business, New York University. Maya provided strategic leadership to advance academic initiatives that transformed the teaching-learning environment. She has spearheaded the implementation of instructional design and technology, learning space design, blended and online learning, digital storytelling, mobile and social platforms and faculty development initiatives. Her work and projects focused on design thinking and the innovative use of immersive and mobile technology to foster higher levels of student engagement.
Maya is the recipient of the 2014 Campus Tech Education Futurist Award. In 2013, Maya’s Five Minutes of Fame talk on innovation in education is one of the most popular in the New Media Consortium series. In 2014, she delivered a second Five Minutes of Fame talk at NMC with a focus on the design of new learning experiences and the future of education. Her latest 2017 NMC talk is titled From Leonard to Google’s Tilt Brush in VR: The Birth of a New Medium. Her work has been featured at EDUCAUSE, Educause Learning Initiative, New Media Consortium (NMC), Online Learning Consortium (OLC), SXSW, Campus Technology, EdMedia, GMAC, AACSB, Edutopia, Google and Intel Engage Education. In 2010 – 2011, in partnership with XanEdu Publishing Maya lead the iPad pilot initiative at Stern. The project was recognized with the Campus Technology Innovator Award for designing a student-centered iPad App.
Emory Craig has 25 years of experience as an innovator and leader in the creative industries and higher education. He is currently the Director of eLearning at The College of New Rochelle, with responsibility for a wide range of technology initiatives. A Frye Fellow and frequent keynote speaker, he has written and presented extensively at both national and international conferences on innovation in entertainment, education, and the workplace. In 2017-2018, he co-authored the EDUCAUSE-ELI series: “VR and AR: Stepping into the New Frontier of Learning.”
As a futurist and writer, he is fascinated by the ways VR, AR, and AI will transform human experience and deeply concerned by the ethical challenges. His work focuses on the personal and organizational strategies we will need to live in the future where experiences are available on demand, and the boundary between the real and the virtual disappear.
He is the Cofounder and Partner at Digital Bodies where he works with corporate, nonprofit and educational organizations in the implementation and use of immersive technologies. Digital Bodies is frequently cited as a must-read website for news and analysis of emerging technology developments and has been recognized as a top 10 Higher Education blog for three consecutive years. An active participant in the NYC startup community, he currently teaches an online seminar on New Media and Society.
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